"All of these numbers are extremely fussy and subject to change," said John Harris, co-chair of Community Board 2 at an Executive Committee meeting Monday night. “It's best to take a short term view of the project.”
Representative Dwight Smith of the Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee spoke of the concerns regarding the long-term impacts on the community from the exceedingly drawn-out construction that had not been anticipated.
One of the committee's main concerns is for a block of News Walk Housing on Atlantic Avenue from 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt that is directly across the street from the project site.
"We need to have a landscape fence to hide the project site a little more," Smith said. "In the context of the communities that are just affected, the News Walk, folks have gotten no relief and they are the most impacted on a day-to-day basis because their trees are gone and they look into a construction pit that could be there forever."